Honors Program

Brian Blackwell, Junior, Accounting and Political Science

The Honors Program offers the academic environment for success at Purdue Fort Wayne. Whether the in-depth Honors classes, Honors professors, or the resources at the Honors Center, the Honors Program provides a personalized program for you to achieve your academic goals.

Cody Fuelling, Alumnus, Political Science and History

In no small part, I attribute receiving my 2017-2018 Fulbright study/research award directly to Honors. Because of the flexibility of the Program, I was able to frame my Honors Project as an important "step one" of a larger multi-year study. This allowed me to propose the Fulbright as "step two" in my application for that award, which I believe greatly increased my chances of receiving it. Honors, I have no doubt, can be the launching point of something big for its students.

Experience the Honors Advantage

The Honors Experience

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Honors Program is a place where students and faculty gather to become fully engaged in the pursuit of scholarship. We are an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that encourages high-achieving, talented students to pursue various pathways to excellence.  Designed for motivated students who want to make the most of their higher education, we look forward to helping you get the most out of your academic and community experience.  


One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in the Honors Program is developing connections with fellow students, faculty members, and visiting scholars. Honors students are invited to a variety of cultural and social events and special honors program events and receptions. The frequent intellectual and social interactions with other motivated honors students and faculty help build a “feeling of belonging” to the PurdueFW academic community and foster lifelong relationships with honors students from other majors and programs. The Honors Student Group won the Outstanding Student Group of PurdueFW Award in 2006. Honors students enjoy access to state of the art honors classrooms, a computer center, and a study lounge.



The Honors Program is a place where talented students and faculty energize the university’s academic life through the sharing of ideas and engagement in scholarly debate. Small classes with similarly motivated students, taught by outstanding faculty encourage creative interaction within an active learning environment.

The heart of the PurdueFW Honors Program is the intellectually challenging curriculum. Many Honors courses are designed to fulfill General Education Outcomes. Honors courses encourage experiential learning, independent learning opportunities, and the ability to personalize the curriculum. Through honors coursework, students will hone the skills that can help them achieve success in professional and academic environments.

Students who take advantage of pursuing undergraduate research and creative endeavors under the guidance of a faculty mentor or pursue independent research have a distinct advantage in the competitive process for admission to graduate and professional (law, medicine, business) schools. With guidance from discipline-specific faculty members, all of our honors students pursuing an honors certificate are required to complete a senior capstone research or creative endeavor project before graduation.

The Honors Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced research in their own discipline or develop an interdisciplinary research project or creative endeavor under the direction of expert faculty mentors. Students present their findings at an annual Honors Showcase and are encouraged to prepare their work for publication in discipline-appropriate venues. The completion of the capstone project distinguishes our students and prepares them for real-world application in their respective fields.



The Honors Program offers comprehensive, one-on-one advising provided from both discipline-specific faculty and honors program staff, with personalized attention to student needs and academic interests.



In addition to the general and merit scholarships offered by the University and received by several honors students, the PurdueFW Honors Program offers additional opportunities for academic scholarship. Students are eligible to apply for funds to support honors research and creative endeavor projects, summer research grants, international travel and study abroad, conference travel to present research at regional, national, and international professional conferences, internships, and other academic enrichment opportunities.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Honors students have the opportunity to engage in community service, undergraduate research, and creative endeavors, Honors Program sponsored events, cultural and social events, and special events hosted by the Chancellor. Among the unique leadership opportunities available to Honors students is the ability to serve as student representatives on the faculty Honors Program Council.


Students in the Honors Program enjoy several benefits including:

  • Priority registration which allows for wider selection of course offerings
  • Extended library check out privileges
  • Unique opportunities for social interaction with distinguished faculty members
  • Assistance in applying for prestigious scholarships
  • Acknowledgment at commencement
  • Access to quiet study rooms that can be booked through http://ipfwhonorsprogram.simplybook.me/